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Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge: Your Complete Guide!

Learn all about the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some projects you can make.

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see some ideas for this formula, including glitter glasses.

Learn all about the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some projects you can make.

It’s always hard to pick my favorite of the Mod Podge formulas, and it definitely depends on the day. However, I will say that Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is definitely always a front runner, and for good reason. What other decoupage formula can you WASH?!

There isn’t one.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is the decoupage formula that you can apply to glass, ceramic, and metal – and then you’ll be able to wash the item. And when I say “put in the dishwasher,” I mean on the top rack after it cures.

This water based formula is indoor/outdoor durable (though I typically use Outdoor Mod Podge for outdoor projects).

Does it really work? Absolutely!

I’ve tested many projects with this formula, and if you follow the instructions EXACTLY, your item can be washed in the dishwasher.

If you are wondering about instructions, here you go. These are the steps you should follow for success:

  1. Clean your project surface. I wash glass, ceramic, and metal with warm soapy water – rinse thoroughly, and let dry. If your piece is too large, using rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean.
  2. Roll your bottle on the table to mix it.
  3. Open and use a soft bristle brush to apply the finish to the surface and the back of the design element.
  4. While the Mod Podge is still wet, place the design onto the surface and smooth.
  5. Do not apply the design element where it can be in contact with food or your lips. For example, apply to the back of a glass plate or 1/4″ down from the edge of a cup.
  6. Let dry for 1- 2 hours and then apply 2 – 3 more coats. Let dry 1 – 2 hours between coats.
  7. Cure your project for 28 days.
  8. Wash by hand or in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Now that you’ve gotten the skinny on how to use it, here are some common questions I get about the formula. I’ve provided the answers to the best of my ability!

Questions About Dishwasher Safe Gloss

1. Isn’t all Mod Podge dishwasher safe? Why do I need a special formula?

This is a common misconception. All Mod Podges are not dishwasher safe. For example, Outdoor formula is highly water-resistant but not waterproof. If you want to be able to wash a decoupaged item in the dishwasher, you need this formula!

2. Is Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge also microwave safe?

Negative. You shouldn’t microwave anything you make with this formula.

3. What is the finish of this formula?

It is Glossy – so shiny. You can see what a Mod Podge glossy finish looks like here.

4. What sizes does the formula come in?

It comes in 8 ounce and 16 ounce. You can find out where to buy this formula (amongst others) here.

5. What is the cure time – when can I wash my project?

You need to wait 28 days. Not 10 or 17 or 26 – 28! Please wait the full time frame for the best results.

6. Do I really have to wait 28 days for it to cure?


7. I waited the cure time and my project messed up!

You may not have put on enough layers of Mod Podge, or they may not have been thick enough. Or if you didn’t clean your surface before beginning, regular oils from hands and other things can cause the formula not to adhere appropriately.

8. Why can’t the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge touch my food or lips?

While it is waterbase and non-toxic (so it won’t hurt you), it’s not FDA approved food-safe. it would be very unusual for a glue to be approved for use with food! So please keep it away from anything edible.

9. How do I prepare my surface to apply this formula?

Clean with warm soapy water if the item is small – or use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls, especially if the item is larger.

10. Can I still use the formula on wood?

Yes you can. Having said that, you aren’t going to want to wash a piece of wood in the dishwasher. If this is the only formula you have, you can still use it like regular Mod Podge.

11. Where can I purchase it?

This formula is available on, Michaels, or online at

Are you ready for some project ideas using Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge? Check out the links below!

Ready to try Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge? Here are some awesome projects you can start with!

Let me know your favorite projects or any questions you might have in the comments!

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Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Can I use dishwasher safe as base and sealer on glass with oil paints?


Wednesday 27th of January 2021

@Amy, thanks!


Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Oooh - good question. I don't believe that Mod Podge would play well with oil based paints.

Jim Leifel

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

I placed a permanent vinyl made on a Cricut Joy. I did clean with rubbing alcohol. After 2 coats the clear glass is foggy.


Sunday 24th of January 2021

Hi Jim! It should dry clear. If it doesn't, let's ask in the Facebook group.

Anne S Sears

Sunday 17th of January 2021

I have a question... you see plastic Christmas plates decorated and they can de eaten off of and washed. I have a plastic “ football tray that I want to decorate with a team logo.. but what’ can I use todo this that is good safe and can be (hand) washed


Sunday 17th of January 2021

Hi Anne! Unfortunately Mod Podge - none of the formulas - are food safe.


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

If I use Iron on Vinyl on my mug, than I'm a able touse the Mod Podge over that?? Or do I still need to use it before putting the design down???


Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Hmmmm - I think iron on vinyl you would need to glue it down first. I would use adhesive vinyl personally!

judith levinsky

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Used Dishwasher safe Mod Podge over printable vinyl on a mug. I was under the impression that before the 28 days it could be used and hand washed, just not put in dishwasher. I drank hot chocolate, and hand washed and the vinyl bubbled up. Are you literally not supposed to use it for 28 days?? Did I misunderstand?


Saturday 19th of December 2020

Hi Judith - it does need to cure the entire 28 days. I'm not sure why the vinyl bubbled up though even though you had hand washed it before. Is it possible for you join this group on Facebook and ask the question? It's a huge group of crafters and someone will know the answer. Thank you!